The HuffPo is ‘collecting’ ‘prayers’ for Oklahoma, turning an act of concern and compassion into an opportunity to act pious. This is clearly senseless for several reasons, the most important of which are-
1- Prayers are best directed to God, not posted on the HuffPo website.
2- It is directly in contradiction to the teaching of Jesus who said quite clearly- But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Mt 6:6).
There’s nothing in there about posting your prayers on the website of an organization which does its best to bash Christian faith at every turn.
It’s the only sensible explanation:
What a moron. What. A. Moron. What an evil moron.
Instead if giving Biblical advice on adultery (grounds for divorce), Robertson told the wife to stop “talking about the cheating. he cheated on you, Well, okay, he’s a man,”
“What you do is start to focus on why you married him in the first place on what he does good. Does he provide a home for you to live in, does he provide food for you to eat, does he provide clothes for you to wear, is he nice to the children, do you have a happy family? Start focusing on those things and essentially fall in love with him again,” advised Robertson.
Robertson also lectured the wife to “give him honor instead of trying to worry about it. But recognize also, like it or not, males have a tendency to wander a little bit and what you want to do is make a home so wonderful that he doesn’t want to wander.”
What a vile and wicked moron. Pat isn’t just a jerk, he’s a deceiving jerk. He’s a false teacher. He’s a heretic.
In the end, my overall concern about this volume is a simple one: it is not Christian. Bell’s makeover of Christianity has changed it into something entirely different. It is not Christianity at all, it is modern liberalism. It is the same liberalism that Machen fought in the 1920′s and the same liberalism prevalent in far too many churches today. It is the liberalism that teaches that God exists and that Jesus is the source of our happiness and our fulfillment, but all of this comes apart from any real mention of sin, judgment, and the cross. It is the liberalism that says we can know nothing for sure, except of course, that those “fundamentalists” are wrong. It is the liberalism that appeals to the Bible from time to time, but then simply ignores large portions of it.
Bell’s book, therefore, is really just spiritualism with a Christian veneer. It’s a book that would fit quite well on Oprah’s list of favorite books. What is Rob Bell talking about when he is talking about God? Not the God of Christianity.
So opines Michael Kruger in his sage evaluation of Bell’s latest foray into non-Christian bookery. True words. Additionally, Bell’s work displays a lack of comprehension concerning the meaning of Christianity itself. It is a true tragedy that he once occupied a pulpit, there misleading and misinforming all those who went to hear him and who were under the impression that he somehow represented the Christian faith.
He is, Kruger is right to say, simply a spiritualist who calls himself a Christian. Accordingly, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Because only people without even a modicum of theological insight or biblical knowledge could sit through one of his sermons without being driven into apoplexy.
“I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV.” —Mark Driscoll
Tell me again why ANYONE listens to ANYTHING this reprehensible person says?
(ht: Bryan Bibb)
Proper theology matters. The consequences of improper theology can be, and often are, simply appalling. Take a look at what’s just happened in Chile:
Chilean police on Thursday arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist.
The 3-day-old baby was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso on Nov. 21 and was thrown into a bonfire. The baby’s mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra, had allegedly approved the sacrifice and was among those arrested.
“The baby was naked. They strapped tape around her mouth to keep her from screaming. Then they placed her on a board. After calling on the spirits they threw her on the bonfire alive,” said Miguel Ampuero, of the Police investigative Unit, Chile’s equivalent of the FBI.
Authorities said the 12-member sect was formed in 2005 and was led by Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, 36, who remains at large.
Ghastly. To all who believe proper instruction in dogma doesn’t matter- say so now.
This is mere anthropocentric pseudo-theology based on the erroneous notion that mankind/humanity is the center of existence. It decidedly is not. Theology is about θεος not ανθρωπος. It’s twitter theology that makes me sigh. It is false theology because its beginning and foundation is built on sand, not on the rock.
No, Jesus wasn’t a hipster. And no, you can’t suggest that if he were around in the flesh today he would be. Jesus was Jesus and if he were walking the streets of Brooklyn he would be whoever he wanted to be, so, Catholic Church, stop pandering to the silly just to draw them in.
Would a modern-day Jesus be the kind of guy who might enjoy wearing thick-rimmed glasses without the lenses and listening to great bands long before you or anyone else thought they were cool?
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn – of course — is suggesting that Christ might just have been that type with its new campaign declaring Jesus “the original hipster.”
The message behind the advertisement, which features a person representing Jesus in a long white robe with a pair of red Converse sneakers peeping out, quickly became a source of fascination for the media.
Making Jesus into your image, or an image you want him to be, is as inappropriate as all those ridiculous 19th century ‘Lives of Jesus’ whose authors looked down into the well and saw their own reflections. Even worse, you only make him into a caricature. And that’s just wrong.
Best. Lunatic. Ever! With 10,000 thanks to Robert Williams Jr for the unending source of laughter!
Let’s play ‘spot the theological error!’
First, it doesn’t matter HOW you pronounce his name- you aren’t praying TO him, you’re praying to the Father.
Second, turning proper pronunciation into a magical method is neither Christian nor biblical.
And third, Gentile Christians who want to pretend to be Jewish (writing ‘G_d’ and such like) more resemble the Judaizers of Galatia than the Christians of Antioch.
Twitter theology that makes me sigh… because it’s just a pseudo-theology of ignorance.